author: Marek Burcl
opening: May 24, 2018, 6 pm
duration of exhibition: May 25 – June 24, 2018
The exhibition entitled Viridiplantae1 presents the beginning of research of a sensitive plant material for the fine art purposes in order to serve as more than just a painting undercoat.
The interest in this topic was incited initially by an old guidebook on growing room plants with the black and with images of plants. They have become the models of the paintings2, which themselves are models of original, not-yet-existing plants. Going through the process of electro-galvanizing and “decolouring”, these plants are beginning to resemble more and more the paintings that came before them.
In order to be able to work with fragile plants and prevent the unwanted biological processes (growth, waning and decay), it was necessary first to develop a method of electroplating the surface of organic objects3. Prior to this process, the plant must become conductive by applying a layer of graphite. This way, it loses its green colour and the original plant begins to resemble its deformed (black and white) photo image.
The plants covered with a thin film of copper are archived in furniture which, after a few small modifications, becomes a depository for safekeeping of artefacts. The exhibits are fragments of a complex material, which is the first and necessary step in the development of art methods with plant semi-products created this way.
1 Viridiplantae = green plants – multicellular higher plants, (often) adapted to the life on land. Their body consists of root, stalk and leaves. A presence of chlorophyll in green plants is typical – the green pigment.
2 Graphitum plantae – a series of over-paintings modelled after black and white photographic images from the guidebook Ako sa pestujú izbové rastliny (Growing Room Plants, 1959).
3 Cuprumplantae – metal objects of botanical origin archived in a writing table turned depository.
The exhibition enjoys the financial support of Bratislava Self-Governing Region.